Finance and accounting degrees give students the combination of the technical and background knowledge and skills that they will need as the basis of careers either in professions such as accountancy or in the wider commercial sector. These degrees cover both the technicalities and conventions governing how wealth is measured and also how accounting and finance influence and shape the way organisations behave. Economics and statistics are often central to developing this understanding.
Although accounting in particular is seen as emphasising computational and calculation skills, the modern academic subject of finance and accounting is far broader.
Near the start of their courses, students are likely to encounter modules introducing them to accounting, to statistical and mathematical methods, and to macro and microeconomics. Information technology skills also tend to be emphasised.
As the courses go on, a range of other modules are made available, including ones on taxation, audit, business strategy, business and employment law, management accounting, advanced accounting theory and risk management. Further optional modules range from behavioural economics to international taxation practice.